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Scarlett Johansson has spoke back to an argument brewing across the Avengers big name’s newest film position.

Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of a transgender role in “Rub & Tug”after her casting was met with backlash on social media.

In a statement to Friday, Johnson, 33, said her initial decision to take the part of massage parlor owner Dante “Tex” Gill was “insensitive.” 

“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” Johansson said in the statement. “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”

Johansson was set to join director Rupert Sanders in “Rub & Tug,” a film based on Gill’s true story. Sanders previously directed Johansson in 2017’s “Ghost in the Shell,” another controversial role, in which she starred as the Japanese manga character Major Motoko Kusanagi.  

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When outcry over Johansson emerged on Twitter, the actress launched a observation to site Bustle regarding different actors showing in transgender roles from “Clear,” “Dallas Patrons Membership” and “Transamerica,”

“Inform them that they may be able to be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for remark,”  Johansson mentioned.


Johansson mentioned in Friday’s observation, “I might have cherished the chance to convey Dante’s tale and transition to existence, I perceive why many really feel he will have to be portrayed through a transgender individual, and I’m grateful that this casting debate, albeit debatable, has sparked a bigger dialog about variety and illustration in movie.”

Johansson’s rep didn’t reply to a request from USA TODAY.

The verdict to the Johansson’s announcement resulted in applause from one-time critics.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the  LGTBQ media advocacy group GLAAD, praised the verdict in a observation:

“Scarlett Johansson’s announcement, at the side of the transgender voices who spoke out about this movie, are recreation changers for the way forward for transgender pictures in Hollywood. Hollywood modified how American citizens perceive homosexual and lesbian lives, and TV is beginning to do the similar for transgender other folks with unique transgender portrayals being primary hits with critics and audiences. The movie business has an actual alternative to do the similar.”

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